Book Review: Hostage by Clare Mackintosh @claremackint0sh @sbkslandmark @Sourcebooks #Hostage #HostageBook #booksof2021 #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf #5starreads

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PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Landmark

PUBLICATION DATE: June 22nd, 2021

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Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for the eARC of this title via NetGalley and also for sending me a physical ARC of this novel to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

You can save hundreds of lives. Or the one that matters most.

A claustrophobic thriller set over twenty hours on one airplane flight, with the heart-stopping tension of The Last Flight and the wrenching emotional intensity of Room, Hostage takes us on board the inaugural nonstop flight from London to Sydney.

Mina is trying to focus on her job as a flight attendant, not the problems of her five-year-old daughter back home, or the fissures in her marriage. But the plane has barely taken off when Mina receives a chilling note from an anonymous passenger, someone intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination. Someone who needs Mina’s assistance and who knows exactly how to make her comply.

It’s twenty hours to landing. A lot can happen in twenty hours.

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MY REVIEW:

I am a huge fan of books by Clare Mackintosh so of course as soon as I found out about her latest novel, Hostage, I just had to get my hands on a copy of this book!

I was hooked from the first page. Of course, after reading the synopsis for this novel you just know that it is the perfect recipe for an edge of your seat, thrilling and chilling read. And of course I was not disappointed. I enjoyed reading about Mina and her life – both as a flight attendant, as well as a mother and wife. Mina finds herself on a plane where everyone ends up being hostages. This novel sucks you in from the very first page and has you hooked until the very ending. You will find yourself flipping through the pages to see what will happen next and once you start reading you will not be able to put this book down.

I enjoyed reading about all the passengers on the plane, as some chapters were written from the POV of some of the passengers on the plane. It gives some back story to who some of the passengers are, why they are on the flight, some details about their personality as well as their life, and adds to the suspense of the novel. A well-written novel that I highly recommend. You will love this book!

Well done Clare. I look forward to seeing what you come out with next!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: Falling by T.J. Newman @SimonSchusterCA @T_J_Newman #Falling #FallingBook #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksof2021 #booksonthebookshelf #5starreads

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PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Canada

PUBLICATION DATE: July 6th, 2021

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Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for the eARC of this novel via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

You just boarded a flight to New York.

There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard.

What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped.

For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.

The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane.

Enjoy the flight.

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MY REVIEW:

Wow! I mean just reading the synopsis for this novel alone tells you that this book is going to be one hell of a ride! (or flight!) And of course I was definitely not disappointed! If you haven’t read this book yet then you must go…right now! Buy this book! You will not be disappointed.. you can thank me later! 

I was hooked on this novel from the very first page. I mean, imagine yourself in this situation. You are on a flight and your pilot’s family has been kidnapped and everyone on the plane must die in order for the pilot’s family to live. The novel is fast-paced, full of twists and turns, and what the heck will happen next moments. Once I started this book I could not put it down! I was hooked! Many pages had me gasping, as I sat on the edge of my seat and flipped through the pages to see what craziness was going to happen next.

A novel that I highly recommend you read now. I loved this book and I am looking forward to more titles by this author! Well done T.J. I’m keeping my eyes out for any of your future novels!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

 

 

 

Book Review: The Therapist by B.A. Paris @StMartinsPress @baparisauthor #TheTherapist #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #netgalley #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press

PUBLICATION DATE: July 13th, 2021

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Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the eARC of this book via NetGalley and the physical ARC of this book to read and enjoy.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything they’ve dreamed of. But appearances can be deceptive…

As Alice is getting to know her neighbours, she discovers a devastating secret about her new home, and begins to feel a strong connection with Nina, the therapist who lived there before.

Alice becomes obsessed with trying to piece together what happened two years before. But no one wants to talk about it. Her neighbors are keeping secrets and things are not as perfect as they seem… 

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MY REVIEW:

I am no stranger to books by B.A. Paris and she is one of my go to authors, so of course I was thrilled to find out about her latest novel The Therapist. 

I loved reading about Alice and her experiences of living in the tight-knit community in The Circle. A close group of friends/neighbours where Alice finds herself the newbie – the newest member of The Circle community. It is clear there are secrets and things that everyone else in The Circle is aware of that Alice herself is not privy to, and this adds to all of the suspense of the novel as Alice tries to catch up on what those secrets are and tries to uncover all the truths that everyone else seems to determined to keep locked up and hidden.

A whirlwind of secrets, lies and betrayals are slowly revealed and I was hooked from the first page. I couldn’t read the pages fast enough and flew through this novel.

A fabulous read that you must add to your TBR now if you haven’t read this book yet! You will not be disappointed! I’m looking forward to the next novel by B.A. Paris.

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell @getredpr @BerkleyPub @DavidBellNovels #KillAllYourDarlings #summerreads #thrillerbooks #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksof2021 #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Berkley

PUBLICATION DATE: July 6th, 2021

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Happy Publication Day to Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell!

Thank you to Berkley and Get Red PR for my copy of this book.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

After years of struggling to write after the deaths of his wife and son, English professor Connor Nye publishes his first novel, a thriller about the murder of a young woman.

There’s just one problem: Connor didn’t write the book. His missing student did. And then she appears on his doorstep, alive and well, threatening to expose him.

Connor’s problems escalate when the police insist details in the novel implicate him in an unsolved murder from two years ago. Soon Connor discovers the crime is part of a disturbing scandal on campus and faces an impossible dilemma–admit he didn’t write the book and lose his job or keep up the lie and risk everything. As the murders pile up, Connor must clear his name by unraveling the horrifying secrets buried in his student’s manuscript.

This is a suspenseful, provocative novel about the sexual harassment that still runs rampant in academia–and the lengths those in power will go to cover it up.

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MY REVIEW:

I am a huge fan of David Bell’s novels so of course I was thrilled to hear about his latest book, Kill All Your Darlings!  If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it!

The novel is told in varying timelines and different POV’s. Parts are told in the present, when Dr. Connor Nye comes home to find a woman from his past sitting in his living room – her name is Madeline O’Brien. What could she want from Connor and why is she sitting in his home? Parts are told from Madeline’s POV from 2 years ago – she was a student and Dr. Nye was one of her professors. She suddenly disappeared without a trace. What happened? Did she leave on her own? Did something terrible happen to her? Parts are told from Connor’s POV from 2 years ago.

I enjoyed getting pieces of the puzzle bits at a time as we slowly get the idea of the fuller picture of what truly happened. I enjoyed reading this novel from the different POVs and from the different timelines, and it worked well in the novel to grab your attention and make you draw your own ideas of what is going on and what happened 2 years ago. There were many shocking revelations and twists that I did not see coming!

A definite must read that you must go read right now! I’m looking forward to the next David Bell novel!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: The Hunted by Roz Nay @SimonSchusterCA @roznay1 #TheHunted #TheHuntedBook #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksof2021 #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Canada

PUBLICATION DATE: July 6th, 2021

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Happy Publication Day to THE HUNTED by Roz Nay!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for the physical ARC copy of this book as well as the eARC copy via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Beach meets The Woman in Cabin 10 in this twisty new thriller about two couples who meet backpacking through Africa, but what begins as friendship quickly turns to obsession, with deadly consequences—from bestselling author Roz Nay.

Stevie Erickson is looking for a fresh start. The sudden loss of her grandmother has sent her life into a tailspin, dredging up old losses and putting a strain on her relationship with her boyfriend, Jacob. So when Jacob is offered a job as a diver for GoEco, a dive operation for ecotourists on Rafiki, a beautiful, secluded island off the coast of Tanzania, he thinks it’s just the adventure they need and Stevie reluctantly agrees to go with him.

Their trip gets off to a rough start with a nighttime scare at their first hostel. Already fragile, Stevie can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched. Things improve when they meet seasoned backpackers Leo and Tamsin, a drop-dead gorgeous couple who instantly take a shine to Stevie and Jacob.

But on Rafiki Island, their new friendship is put to the test, as is Stevie and Jacob’s own relationship. And when innocent flirting goes too far, past truths surface, exposing a killer in their midst—a killer whose sights are set on Stevie.

A high dive into the dangers of obsession, this sinister and seductive thriller will leave you breathless. 

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MY REVIEW:

Addictive, pulse-pounding, thrilling, and chilling – four fantastic words that describe this novel! So many OMG moments that had me gasping and flipping through the pages to see what was going to happen next.

Stevie has recently lost her grandmother and decides to go with her boyfriend Jacob on a recent job on Rafiki island. She thinks it would be a welcome distraction to her recent heartache and loss of her beloved grandma. However, what should be a joyful and carefree journey turns out to be eerie, creepy and chilling. Strange things are happening, Stevie often gets the feeling that she is being watched and followed, and scary, weird, unexplainable things begin happen on their journey as they make their way to Rafiki.

When they meet the beautiful couple Leo and Tamsin while on their journey, this is a welcome relief. They begin to make friends and have some companionship while on their journey to Rafiki. But strange, eerie things continue happening and it makes you question what the heck is going on. Is everyone who they appear to be? Does someone have something to hide? Is someone following them and watching them?

What unfolds will rock you to your core. You will be hooked as you read chapter after chilling chapter to uncover just what is going on. I loved the suspense and the mystery surrounding the whole novel and trying to figure out who was behind everything and trying to figure out why they were doing these things, what they wanted, and why they targeted who they did.

A fabulous book that I highly recommend!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Blog Tour & Book Review: Sleepless by Romy Hausmann @QuercusBooks #Sleepless #SleeplessBlogTour #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf #partner #booksof2021

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PUBLICATION DATE: June 24th, 2021

PUBLISHER: Quercus Publishing

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Thank you to Quercus for inviting me to be part of the blog tour for Sleepless by Romy Hausmann and for the eARC copy of this book via Netgalley. 

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

It’s been years since Nadja was convicted of a cruel crime. After her release from prison, she’s wanted nothing more than to live a normal life. But then a murder occurs and a remote house in the woods becomes the scene of a bizarre game – because Nadja’s past makes her the perfect victim. And the perfect murderer…

A haunting novel about guilt and retribution, Sleepless is the stunning sequel to Dear Child.

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MY REVIEW:

After reading and enjoying the first book in this series, Dear Child, I was thrilled to get my hands on Sleepless. Nadja was found guilt of a crime many years ago and has served her time. Jump ahead to the present and Nadja now finds herself caught in the middle of something dark and sinister. Is she guilty or is she innocent? And if she is innocent, then what does this have to do with her?

Parts of the story are about Nadja, parts are about another woman by the name of Nelly who is having an affair with a married man, and other parts of the story are letters written to someone, but we are not sure who they are written by or who they are written for. As you read all of these complex parts of the plot in this novel all of the pieces to the puzzle will eventually converge to give you the whole picture of what is truly going on, but you have to be patient, as this doesn’t happen until later in the novel. It keeps you wanting to know more, as you flip through the pages trying to determine just what in the world is going on. Be patient, all will be revealed.

You will devour this book as you try to guess for yourself what is going on, and be sitting on the edge of your seat as you read the chapters, Full of twists, shocking turns and dark thrills, you will enjoy this book until the very end!

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CHECK OUT OTHER STOPS ON THE TOUR:

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Book Review: The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter @MinotaurBooks @StMartinsPress @MaryDixieCarter #ThePhotographer #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf #partner #netgalley #booksof2021

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PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

PUBLICATION DATE: May 25th, 2021

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Thank you to Minotaur Books for the eARC of this novel via NetGalley and also for sending me a beautiful bookish book with a paperback copy of this book complete with bookish items to complete the book. I loved the package!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

WHEN PERFECT IMAGES

As a photographer, Delta Dawn observes the seemingly perfect lives of New York City’s elite: snapping photos of their children’s birthday parties, transforming images of stiff hugs and tearstained faces into visions of pure joy, and creating moments these parents long for.

ARE MADE OF BEAUTIFUL LIES

But when Delta is hired for Natalie Straub’s eleventh birthday, she finds herself wishing she wasn’t behind the lens but a part of the scene—in the Straub family’s gorgeous home and elegant life.

THE TRUTH WILL BE EXPOSED

That’s when Delta puts her plan in place, by babysitting for Natalie; befriending her mother, Amelia; finding chances to listen to her father, Fritz. Soon she’s bathing in the master bathtub, drinking their expensive wine, and eyeing the beautifully finished garden apartment in their townhouse. It seems she can never get close enough, until she discovers that photos aren’t all she can manipulate.

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MY REVIEW:

Addictive, compelling, pulse-pounding, pure entertainment! A novel that I quickly sank into and devoured until I flipped the last page. I enjoyed reading the novel and learning about the main character, photographer Delta Dawn. Hired by the wealthy elite families living in NYC, Delta finds herself behind the lens of her camera at many of their events. She sees things that others might not be aware of, things they might be trying to hide and keep secret, things that she probably shouldn’t see. Needing to know more, she gets close to members of one family in particular, the Straub family. At best Delta is a very sketchy character, and you never know which line she will cross, which secret she will unfold, and what she will do next.

She was an interesting character for sure, always sticking her nose in where it didn’t belong, and I loved it! It added to the suspense of the novel and I found myself wanting to know more just like Delta did. I loved how she tried to find out secrets about the family members and added pieces together to come up with answers. Delta is a very unreliable character and I loved how that added to the suspense and enjoyment of the novel.

A definite must-read that you need to add to your TBR list. Hands down one of my favourite books of 2021!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Book Review: 12 Days by C.W. Johnston @Real_CWJohnston #12Days #12DaysBook #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf #booksof2021

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PUBLICATION DATE: June 11th, 2021

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Thank you to the author, C.W. Johnston, for reaching out about his latest novel and for the eARC copy of this book.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

What if the very thing you wished for came true?

When small-town schoolteacher Robert Glass is announced as the winner of a nationwide contest designed to launch a civilian into space on an unprecedented solo mission, it appears that his lifelong fantasy has come true. His selection from thousands of applications has captured the world’s imagination.

It is no secret that the success of NASA’s wildly popular Instant Spaceman Contest could be the lifeline that salvages the President’s waning bid for re-election. As the countdown to launch begins and interest in the mission grows, nefarious adversaries and political enemies will stop at nothing to sabotage its success.

With his wife and son at his side, and blissfully unaware that he has become a pawn in a dangerous political game, Glass heads to Florida to begin an intense period of training for the epic twelve-day mission. As launch day approaches, and with the world on the edge of its seat, investigative journalist Derek Stevens uncovers a sequence of suspicious events that all point to a terrifying fact: Glass’s mission may have been compromised.

As millions of people watch the sleek spaceship effortlessly lift off from Kennedy Space Center, Stevens races against the clock to uncover the truth before it’s too late.

A riveting, page-turner, 12 Days is sure to grab you by the collar and pull you in.

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MY REVIEW:

Entertaining, edge-of-your-seat chills and thrills that will have you flipping through the pages in this fast-paced novel. I am no stranger to this author’s books and let me tell you, he has a style of writing that keeps you engaged and hooked on his books.

Robert Glass, a small-town husband and father that works as a teacher finds himself winning a contest that will change his life and fulfill one of his dreams – he has won a contest as a civilian to go into space on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to space on a solo mission, for 12 days. He cannot believe his luck. I mean, what are the odds that HE would win out of thousands of entries? Things are not always as they seem, and dark, mysterious forces are at play here. Political powers are at work, and Robert is caught in the very middle of it all, an innocent civilian. 

Robert and his family were a very relatable, likeable family. They were interesting and fun to read about and seemed like everyday, ordinary people. They were kind, sweet, thoughtful and loving. 

A fabulous novel that will pull you in from the first page, I recommend you look into this book! Happy reading!

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: The Sister-in-Law by Pamela Crane @AvonBooksUK #TheSisterInLaw #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #netgalley #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Avon Books UK

PUBLICATION DATE: April 15th, 2021

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Thank you to Avon Books UK for the eARC of this novel via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

She stole my husband. So I’d steal her life.

The Wife
Lane won Candace’s heart over chocolate martinis and karaoke. But weeks into their whirlwind marriage, Candace realized Lane came with burdensome baggage in the form of his possessive live-in sister and her eerily watchful six-year-old son. Lane had a secret that seemed to hold him hostage, and Candace would do anything to uncover it.

The Sister-in-Law
Harper was the kind of woman who cooked homemade meals and dusted under the furniture. It was the least she could do for her brother after her husband’s mysterious death, and Lane took her and her kids in. Then Candace showed up like a tornado passing through, threatening and destructive. But Harper had other plans for her new “sister,” plans Lane could never find out about.

The Husband
All Lane had ever wanted was a white-picket-fence life. The wife. The two-point-five kids. The happy little family. Everything seemed to be falling into place with Candace … until Harper’s jealous streak got in the way, again. But choosing between his sister and wife would be costly … and knowing Harper, the price would be blood.

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MY REVIEW:

I enjoyed reading this novel and discovering the relationships between Harper, her brother Lane and Lane’s significant other Candace. There are so many mysterious questions that you want answered, such as what truly happened to Harper’s husband? There are so many secrets and lies, and throw into that mix family dynamics. Torn between his wife and his sister, Lane is caught in the middle. He wants to support his wife but he also wants to support his sister. What is he to do? Is blood thicker than water?

I enjoyed the chapters in this novel and reading as the story evolved. There are plenty of shocking twists and turns, and revelations that will keep you interested until the end. Why is Harper so jealous? Why can’t they all just get along and be a happy family? You’ll have to read this book to find out.

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MY REVIEW: 3 stars

Book Review: The Bridesmaid by Nina Manning @BoldwoodBooks #TheBridesmaid #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #netgalley #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Boldwood Books

PUBLICATION DATE: May 27th, 2021

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Thank you to Boldwood Books for the eARC of this novel via NetGalley.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Your best friend. Your worst nightmare…

From the moment they met as children, Sasha knew that beautiful, wealthy, and confident Caitlin would always be her absolute best friend. Sasha would do anything to make Caitlin happy.

Even keep her darkest secrets…

The years have passed, but their friendship remains. And when Caitlin announces she’s getting married there is only one choice for the role of bridesmaid. Sasha will make sure Caitlin’s wedding is as beautiful and perfect as she is. Won’t she?

But as the big day approaches, cracks begin to appear. Because no matter what Sasha does, she never seems to make Caitlin happy.

And the secrets that once bound these two friends, now threaten to rip them apart for good…

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MY REVIEW:

What’s better than a recipe for disaster to make a good novel. Best friends for many years, who share secrets from their past, secrets that if told by the other could rip them apart! The story unfolds from alternating timelines, which I really enjoy in a novel. I find that it adds up to the mystery and suspense, and keeps you wanting to know more as you read on and slowly gather pieces of the puzzle to complete the whole picture of what is actually going on and why. I enjoyed reading chapters about the past when the girls Sasha and Caitlin were young and reading about their friendship and secrets.

I enjoyed how the chapters were short and weren’t lengthy at all. Some chapters for me were a bit slow and at first it took some time to build up speed for me to fully get into the book, but it was worth the wait! So much drama, secrets, and betrayals. I love it!

A book that I would recommend if you like psychological thrillers!

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MY RATING: 3/5 stars